Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Mission

The mission of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is: to promote learning and the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge in civil and environmental engineering through integration of teaching, scholarship, and service.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department prepares students for engineering practice, advanced study, and lifelong learning in civil and environmental engineering. Graduates are expected to be proficient in the fundamentals of sustainable engineering analysis and design and understand the importance and methods of effective communication. Students are encouraged to use the extensive international network and educational resources of Syracuse University and the Syracuse community to broaden and enhance the quality of their university education.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is one of four departments in the College of Engineering and Computer Science that offers a broad range of programs leading to the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The strength of the Department is in our faculty/staff and students. Among the CEE faculty are a University Professor (appointed by the University for his excellence in research and scholarship), three Meredith Professors (appointed by the University for their excellence in teaching and mentoring), a National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient, and a Fulbright scholar. In addition, three CEE faculty members have received the College’s Crouse Hinds Awards for teaching excellence.

The CEE Department is affiliated with two research centers – The Center for Environmental Systems Engineering and the Geofoam Research Center. Some department faculty members are also associated with the Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE) in Environmental and Energy Systems. All faculty members in the CEE Department are well-respected authors and scholars, and all are active in teaching, research and professional service. Our students are highly qualified and motivated. Many of our graduates are currently enjoying successful careers in the field of Civil and/or Environmental Engineering, and are contributing their talents and experiences to the betterment of the profession and society.

Our undergraduate programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Department offers courses in a variety of technical areas such as environmental, geotechnical, materials, hydraulics, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering. Students enrolling in our program can also take courses from the nearby campus of the State University of New York Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY ESF) in the areas of construction management and landscape architecture. The rigor and flexibility of our programs not only prepare students to embark on challenging careers upon graduation, but to pursue advanced degrees in their areas of interest.

Our graduate programs are focused on four areas:

  • Construction Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials

The College and Department support and maintain a variety of computational and experimental laboratories for use in teaching and research in these disciplines. Graduate students work closely with their faculty advisors on a variety of research projects funded by federal, state, and private agencies, and receive individualized attention from the faculty. To help finance their studies, highly qualified students are often offered financial aid in the form of university fellowships, college grant scholarships, research assistantships and teaching assistantships.

I encourage you to navigate through our website to learn more about our programs, faculty and facilities. I welcome any comments and questions that you may have.


Andria Costello-Staniec

Andria Costello Staniec
Department Chair